UPDATE: Car Crash Causes Gas Leak in Roanoke, Forces Evacuations

UPDATE 6:07 p.m.

Roanoke, VA - New information on an accident that caused a gas leak and resulting evacuations in the Grandin Road and Memorial Avenue areas of Roanoke Wednesday afternoon.

The driver of the vehicle accidentally hit the has pedal and drove through a parking lot, striking a natural gas line at the 2000 block of Memorial Ave.

Natural gas was released and Roanoke Police along with Firefighters evacuated nearby homes and businesses.{}

The gas has been shut off and residentsand business owners have been allowed back into the area.

Traffic on Memorial Avenue is temporarilyclosed between Amherst Streetto Brunswick Street.

The 82 year old driver of the vehicle was not injured.

The crash is still underinvestigation.

Stay with ABC 13 for further updates.


Roanoke, VA - Several businesses in the Grandin area of Roanoke were evacuated or asked to close after a car accident in the 2000 block of Memorial Avenue Wednesday afternoon.

Several roads in the area were affected.

At least one business, the Natural Foods Co-op, was asked to evacuate.

Employees at the Community Inn say they were in the back of the restaurant after authorities told them to lock their door and move away from the front of the building.

The gas leak has been contained.

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